PHIL-2130_2018-2-1_E01.pdf - Introduction to World Religions PHIL 2130-E01 Online Summer 2018 Session I About this Course Course Description This course

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Introduction to World Religions PHIL 2130-E01, Online, Summer 2018 Session I About this Course Course Description This course revolves around two central questions: how has the world shaped religion(s), and how have religions shaped the world? As we move through an introductory survey of some of the world’s major religious traditions, including indigenous religious traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and selected new religious movements, we will pay special attention to the ways in which these traditions have been shaped by historical, political, and geographical changes in the world and will also consider how these traditions and their communities have influenced these changes. Over the course of the semester, we will seek both to understand the significance and relevance of religion in world history and to begin to grapple with some of the important philosophical questions addressed within religious communities as well as by those who study them. Learning Objectives Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: define basic concepts of the discipline of religious studies. describe and compare the discourse, practices, communities, and institutions of selected religious traditions. provide examples of both diversity and continuity within religious communities and traditions. analyze historical and contemporary political issues around the world in terms of their connection to religious discourse, practice, communities, or institutions. These course-specific learning outcomes contribute to the departmental learning outcomes of the Philosophy Program by enabling students better to: discuss the views of at least three major historical figures of philosophy; and critically analyze a philosophical issue in written communications. These course-specific learning outcomes contribute to the Core Area E learning outcomes by enabling students better to: demonstrate understanding of political, social, and cultural dimensions of world history. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of a discipline examining the social world. Instructor and Contact Information Instructor: Dr. Rosemary Kellison Email: [email protected] Google Hangouts username (for instant-message or video chat): [email protected] Course Website on CourseDen English & Philosophy Department: 678.839.6512; TLC 2255
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